What do you get when you mix Google Cloud Storage with those who save large files to a thumb drive or external hard drives? You get Offline Media Import/Export services from Google.
Google is going the same route that Amazon does in these instances with their cloud based storage service, but the difference is that Google goes through third party providers to handle everything. Right now, the only third party company is Iron Mountain who did say that they are working with Google on developing an “offline integration service” that will let customers send devices to their locations and then upload it all to their choice of several different classes of storage. The available options are Nearline, Standard, and Durable Reduced Availability.
It is recommended to encrypt your data before shipping it off. The encrypted data will be uploaded to Google Cloud Storage on high speed networks and Iron Mountain will offer a “chain of custody” for companies who have compliance requirements. The company sending the media does have the option of receiving the storage devices back or having them destroyed.
The service has only launched in the US at the moment, while Europe and Asian Pacific regions will have to wait as the service is “coming soon.” No pricing was provided, but that will depend on the partners that team up with Google.
I deal with Iron Mountain once a month, so it would be nice to send them a USB drive of everything instead of a 30 pound box full of paper that they’ll end up putting into Google Cloud Storage anyway, so this looks like a great offer for the company I work for. If you’re a business owner or someone who does save large files to local storage devices, would you use this service from Google? Let us know in the comment section below, or on Google +, Facebook, or Twitter.Source: ZDNet